Paper Champions (2020)

  • Feature
  • Comedy
  • 1h 23m
  • Directed by Jo-Anne Brechin
  • English
  • Australia
  • World Premiere
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Having lost his mana, a young man sets out to defy the odds in search of love.

In Polynesian cultures, mana refers to strength, confidence and an ability to influence situations for one’s gain. Unfortunately for Rey, a reserved, routine-loving photocopier salesman, he seems to have lost his – and just as he’s started falling for a nurse he’s met by chance. As his family, co-workers, Spanish dance teacher and an ex-wrestler all try to re-engineer his lost moxie, could a mojo makeover be enough to ignite a romance waiting in the wings?

Set and shot in Geelong, Paper Champions is a playful Australian rom-com filled with moments both uplifting and uproariously funny. Featuring a loveable cast that includes House Husbands’ Gary Sweet as the former fisticuffs expert, this film will remind you that, to win someone’s heart, you have to be your best self and jump into the ring.

Director

Jo-Anne Brechin

Producer

Tom Harberd

Producer

Phil Hunt

Producer

Alexandros Ouzas

Producer

Compton Ross

Producer

Luke Saliba

Producer

Erin Saliba

Screenwriter

Luke Saliba

Screenwriter

Michael McCallum

Screenwriter

James Pratt

Cinematographer

Rudi Siira

Editor

Adrian Powers

Composer

James Orr

Subtitles

English

Distributor: Umbrella Entertainment

Bonus Content

22 mins
Post-screening Q&A (spoilers)

Programmer Kate Fitzpatrick talks to the film team behind Paper Champions, including film team Luke and Erin Saliba and director Jo-Anne Brechin.

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